Mig-29 Fulcrum jets releasing flares over Armenia from the GoPro camera point of view

An interesting image taken during a formation flight of MiG-29 fighter jets over Erebuni in Yerevan, Armenia, near the Turkish border.

Even if the above image is just a preview of a video that will soon be released by renowned film make Artur Sarkisyan, it is interesting for at least two reasons.

First of all, it shows a formation of Mig-29 Fulcrum from the tail of one of the jets as it is invested by a salvo of flares. A unique view!

Second, the image was taken during a display of the Russian Fulcrums over the 3624th Air Base Erebuni, Armenia. The airfield is located less than 20 km (12.5 miles) from Turkey, a state with which Armenia has no diplomatic relations because of a number of historical and political issues.

Located at about 1,000 meters above mean sea level and surrounded by a mountain range, Erebuni is not only a base of the Armenian Air Force. The Russian Air Force is basing some 16 updated MiG-29SMTs at the expeditionary airbase that is also being strengthened, to host a squadron of Mil Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters and Mi-8 Hip transport choppers.

Image credit: Artur Sarkisyan


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.